Definitions for tradecraft
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skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage
"instructional designers are trained in something that might be called tradecraft"; "the CIA chief of station accepted responsibility for his agents' failures of tradecraft"
the skills acquired through experience of a trade
the methods used in espionage and clandestine operations
Tradecraft is skill acquired through experience in a trade. Within the intelligence community this means the techniques used in modern espionage and generally, the activity of intelligence. This includes general topics or techniques, or the specific techniques of a nation or organization. The term tradecraft in this sense is frequently used in the books of John le Carré and Tom Clancy, where characters frequently comment on others' tradecraft. The term was also used in the popular Oscar nominated drama film Zero Dark Thirty, in which Osama Bin Laden's hiding was described as "some real tradecraft".
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